Astrophysics

Watch What Happens When a Star Meets a Black Hole

Ever since Soundgarden's hit song, people have wondered what a "black hole sun" would look like. And the answer is actually pretty...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 17 April 2017 - 12:21PM

Astronomers Have Discovered a Tatooine-Like Star System

It looks like Star Wars may not have taken place so far, far away after all. Scientists have just announced a star system that is...

Johnny Brayson
Monday, 27 February 2017 - 9:47PM

CERN Scientists Directly Interact with Antimatter for the First Time

Today, after 20 years or research, CERN's ALPHA collaboration has announced the very first measurement of a spectral line in an...

Noelle Phansalkar
Monday, 26 December 2016 - 11:41AM

Superluminous Supernova Found to Be a Black Hole

ASASSN-25lh, a massive explosion detected in 2015, was first classified as a superluminous supernova - more specifically, the...

Noelle Phansalkar
Thursday, 15 December 2016 - 5:13PM

A Dying Star Foreshadows Earth's Demise

A spectacular celestial event might may foreshadow an ominous fate for Earth. Leen Decin, professor at the KU Leuven Institute of...

Noelle Phansalkar
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 - 3:51PM

Is the Death Star Big Enough to Create Its Own Gravity?

If you didn't make it to Outer Places' panel on the science of Star Wars this year at Comic-Con, here's the next best thing: a video...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 04 November 2016 - 2:15PM

The James Webb Space Telescope is Finally Complete

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) was conceptualized two decades ago and has faced setbacks that have changed it’s estimated...

Zain Charkawi
Thursday, 03 November 2016 - 7:37PM

According to Two PhDs, Scientists Already Have the Genophage from Mass Effect

We've spoken in the past about Mass Effect's use of quantum entanglement to create a communicator that can transmit messages securely...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 10 October 2016 - 2:05PM

Juno’s First Flyby Reveals Jupiter’s North Pole is Like Nothing We’ve Ever Imagined

NASA has just received the first data and images of Jupiter’s north pole from the Juno spacecraft, and what they’ve found is...

Zain Charkawi
Friday, 02 September 2016 - 3:15PM

The Observable Universe is 320 Million Light-Years Smaller Than We Previously Believed

The Planck satellite has recently gathered data that has led to some new calculations regarding the size of the observable universe....

Zain Charkawi
Saturday, 27 August 2016 - 4:06PM

Microscopic Black Holes with the Mass of the Moon Might Be Shooting Through the Universe

Black holes are some of the most mysterious (and most frightening) features in our Universe. But as it turns out, they might be even...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 22 August 2016 - 12:41PM

NASA Makes All of Their Scientific Research Available for Free

While the internet can be something of a mixed bag, one of the most positive developments of the internet age is the accessibility of...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 18 August 2016 - 11:38AM

Don't Panic, Asteroid Bennu Won't Destroy the Earth

In September, NASA will launch their OSIRIS-REx mission, which will see NASA send a space probe to asteroid 101955 Bennu, take a...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 - 10:10AM

Largest Map Ever Made Covers 1.2 Million Galaxies

Scientists have just created the largest map ever made: a three-dimensional model of 1.2 million galaxies, which measures the presence...

Janey Tracey
Sunday, 17 July 2016 - 12:33PM

Study Says the Big Bang Might Actually Have Been a "Big Bounce"

For many years, the "Big Bang" has been the accepted explanation for the formation of the universe as we know it today. But according...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 - 5:40PM

Scientists Observe Material "Wobbling" Around a Black Hole

For the first time ever, researchers have observed the strange "gravitational vortex" that causes matter to "wobble" around a black...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 - 2:15PM

Can Imaginary Numbers Solve the Problem of Faster-Than-Light Travel?

Faster-than-light travel, or "warp speed," is a ubiquitous trope in science fiction, but could the science ever hold up in real life?...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 05 July 2016 - 1:44PM

"Voyage of Time" Trailer: Brad Pitt Narrates Terrence Malick's Cosmic Journey

Love him or hate him, Terrence Malick is known for his abstract, cosmic, gorgeous imagery, so he's the ideal director to take us...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 30 June 2016 - 11:10AM

Scientists Have Once Again Detected Gravitational Waves

Scientists announced today that they have once again detected gravitational ripples in spacetime coming from the collision of two...

Noelle Phansalkar
Thursday, 16 June 2016 - 10:30AM

Physicists Have Figured Out How To Make It Through A Wormhole

For years, physicists have used Einstein's theory of general relativity to assume that the center of a black hole contains a...

Noelle Phansalkar
Friday, 10 June 2016 - 5:20PM